GBR aggression when protecting eggs & fry?

otterblue

Hi. I have 1 GBR male and was considering getting a female (I initially had 2 males and I returned one). My concern is that if they breed will they become aggressive to tankmates when protecting the eggs and fry. Tankmates would be False Julii Corydoras and possibly Ember Tetras. The pair would be in a 20 gallon tank most likely.

Thanks for any advice!
 

StarGirl

If they get close absolutely. My male when he was guarding eggs attacked my poor nerite for being by their rock. I reached in to get the Nerite away and he attacked my hand.
 

Dunk2

Hi. I have 1 GBR male and was considering getting a female (I initially had 2 males and I returned one). My concern is that if they breed will they become aggressive to tankmates when protecting the eggs and fry. Tankmates would be False Julii Corydoras and possibly Ember Tetras. The pair would be in a 20 gallon tank most likely.

Thanks for any advice!
The short answer is yes, they will become aggressive. Are you wanting to attempt to breed them? If so, is another tank just for the pair a possibility?

Have you checked the temperature compatibility of your planned stock? In my experience, GBR do best at 82F+.
 

StarGirl

Embers will be fine. The Juliis not so much. Check out Sterbai Cories. Really the only cories for GBR temps.
 

otterblue

Thank you for the replies. Very helpful.

Have you checked the temperature compatibility of your planned stock? In my experience, GBR do best at 82F+.
Embers will be fine. The Juliis not so much. Check out Sterbai Cories. Really the only cories for GBR temps.

I meant Sterbais & at 82 degrees. I have Juliis but they will be in a different tank.
Think I'll stick with just one or have a pair in a tank by themselves. Thank you!
 

Dunk2

Thank you for the replies. Very helpful.




I meant Sterbais & at 82 degrees. I have Juliis but they will be in a different tank.
Think I'll stick with just one or have a pair in a tank by themselves. Thank you!
If you want to give GBR breeding a try, having a pair in a tank by themselves is the way to go IMO.
 

coralbandit

I have read of many issues when cories are kept with breeding dwarf cichlids .
Whether the cory is too dumb or the cichlid to tough , the two do not do well together when cichlids spawn .The cories would be a source of aggravation for the rams IMO .
Raising ram fry is difficult . It is best attempted in tank dedicated for them .
 

otterblue

Whether the cory is too dumb or the cichlid to tough

Yeah, I was worried about that. Cories don't seem to pick up on aggression cues from other fish unless they actually get nipped. Just cute little derpers.
 

coralbandit

Rams are like grumpy old men ! It doesn't take a lot to set them off.
Handsome grumpy old men ,but ...
Now I know why I like them so much !
Gotta chase some kids off my lawn be back ..:D
 

Dunk2

Rams are like grumpy old men !
Handsome grumpy old men ,but ...
Now I know why I like them so much !
Gotta chase some kids off my lawn be back ..:D
Now that you mention it, . . .

An unnamed member just recently told me I need one of these.
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And the handsome part is especially true. :)
 

jmaldo

otterblue
You've gotten some good advice. I say go for it, give them a tank all to themselves. One of the best parts of keeping "Underwater Pets", assisting and watching "Mother Nature".
Just have a plan for the offspring.

Good Luck!
 

otterblue

otterblue
You've gotten some good advice. I say go for it, give them a tank all to themselves. One of the best parts of keeping "Underwater Pets", assisting and watching "Mother Nature".
Just have a plan for the offspring.

Good Luck!

Thanks! I'm still undecided since I've had Convicts breed (ad naseum) in the past. But your comment is making me consider it more.
 

coralbandit

Thanks! I'm still undecided since I've had Convicts breed (ad naseum) in the past. But your comment is making me consider it more.
Convicts are a dime a dozen in the breeders world . Hard to get rid of even for free often .
Rams are worth the effort if you have any LFS connections or are willing to learn to ship .
 

otterblue

Convicts are a dime a dozen in the breeders world . Hard to get rid of even for free often .
Rams are worth the effort if you have any LFS connections or are willing to learn to ship .

I saw a YouTube video with you as the guest. Very cool set-up. You're a pro. It was an interesting video.
 

coralbandit

I saw a YouTube video with you as the guest. Very cool set-up. You're a pro. It was an interesting video.
No pro here . I just get carried away easily .
Never thought fish breeding could make money .
Was I ever wrong . Maybe lucky , maybe it was just the fish I chose .
If it is fun then do it .
Rams are difficult so just committing to trying may have no noticeable effects .
 

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